Videos are everywhere and have been a staple of English Language classrooms for a while. But do we get the most out of them in our lessons, and are we using the right type of video content for today’s learners?

With 97% of Generation Z using video streaming in a typical week and watching at least 68 video clips a day, and 59% of them saying they prefer video content to textbooks, do we need to rethink the type of videos we source and the way we use them in class?

In his latest video for Pavilion ELT, Rubens Heredia shares five tips to make more effective use of video in lessons – relevant for teachers who are working online, dealing with face-to-face lessons and social distancing, or doing a mix of the two in hybrid teaching.


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